Hallam Photo Stitch

Don't know why I never got around to doing this - but this is a stitched image of 5 photos taken of the meso of the Hallam storm on 5/22/04 as it was near Bruning, NE crossing hwy 81. The tornado was touching down off and on at this point (likely off as I took this image) ... wish I could post a larger version of it, and likely will the next time I update my own website, where much larger images are permitted. The detail in the full version is pretty neat ... what I like is being able to actually see the inflow band on the right side of the image.

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That's a great panoramic view of the historic Hallam supercell Mike! After seeing that I am sure that everyone will try to emulate that photo technique. Definitely a great example to point out some of the textbook features of a supercell and will make quite the banner for your website. I am sure Ken Dewey of UNL and others with strong interest in that event would love to see that photo as well.
Awesome, indeed, Mike!

I had never before even thought of trying to produce such imagery. I will now.

That image, to me, sort of makes that storm look "compact". Not LP, just "tightly wrapped", I guess. Would you say that was the case, or is it just something of an illusion from the panoramic image?

Congrats on a really amazing pic.

Thanks ... if I were to print the image out full size it would be four feet long ... now that would be interesting. Playing with it some more - trying to get the exposures to match in the different images so you don't notice the stitches so much.

Bob - this image spans probably about five or so miles of the horizon I would say (I'm really only missing one or maybe two shots to have been able to make this a full 360 degree view) ... but yeah, looks wrapped up doesn't it. This was probably taken about 10-15 minutes before it started producing the big tornadoes. The RFD was really starting to get its act together here.
That is a great job putting that together Mike. Man that storm was a duzy when it was first spinning up. That photo(s) really does the storm justice.

That is amazing. Great job to you and the people who helped you touch it up a little. It looks so good to me that I think even Hollingshead is going to be a little jealous.


Originally posted by Darin Brunin
It looks so good to me that I think even Hollingshead is going to be a little jealous.

ha - well thanks, but I don't think Mike H will be too concerned ... everytime I see his photo of the Coin storm I still throw up a little.
Phenomenal! What a beast!

Mike: what focal length did you use here? You did a great job avoiding frame curvature by taking more and smaller pix, but focal length is good to know as well...
Nice job. Every time I see these kinds of photos, or any by Mike H., it reminds me of just how crappy my digital camera is.
Nice job. Every time I see these kinds of photos, or any by Mike H., it reminds me of just how crappy my digital camera is.

What are you shooting?

Even a 2mp non zoom digicam, or a 30 year old film SLR can produce attractive pics. Look at Mike's before and after doggie shot - a bit of level and curve tweaking can make any well exposed (nothing blocked or blown out) shot look great.

A low end camera will limit your maximum resolution, and poor glass may make you avoid certain aperture or zoom settings. Still, decent shots should be achievable. If you keep shooting, and analyze what's wrong with your shots, you'll soon learn how to work around the box's shortcomings.

Why Your Camera Does Not Matter

1.) Good tools just get out of the way and make it easier to get the results you want. Lesser tools may take more work.
2.) They add durability for people who use these tools hard all day, every day.
3.) Advanced users may find some of the minor extra features convenient. These conveniences make the photographer's life easier, but they don't make the photos any better.
4.) Hey, there's nothing wrong with the best tools, and if you have the money to blow why not? Just don't ever start thinking that the fancy tools are what created the work.

If you like, post some examples - I'm sure you'll get some good feedback.